Financial assistance

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support.

You may have financial problems for reasons including:

  • relationship breakdown;
  • loss of income;
  • suffering from a long illness;
  • needing to buy equipment because of a disability;
  • caring for someone with special needs or an illness.


You can find out more on the main unison website here

UNISON joins the carnival against the cuts

Thousands of parents, pupils, school staff and their unions demonstrated against cuts to school funding yesterday (Sunday).

The campaigners marched down Whitehall to Parliament Square in London, where a series of speakers made passionate calls for increased funding for education.

As well as speakers from Save our Schools and parents group Fair Funding for All Schools, UNISON members Becky Everett and Jill Goodale addressed the crowds.

The teaching assistants from Derby described how they took 73 days of strike action after being faced with a 25% pay cut.

They thanked UNISON branches, parents and the wider community for invaluable support and solidarity, leaving to a huge round of applause.

“Jill and Becky showed the human side of the cuts,” said UNISON national secretary Jon Richards. “The last few years have seen increasing attempts to get rid of support staff jobs, downgrade posts or make savings by introducing term-time contracts.

“The joint union and parent campaigns are having a real impact and we expect the government to make announcements soon on improved funding proposals.

“Let’s hope they are putting serious money into the system, as we aren’t going to drop our campaign.”


UNISON There for You – Winter Fuel Grants 2017-2018

Worried about paying your Winter Fuel Bill?  Get help staying warm this winter.

With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.

Help is on hand 

“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50.

To apply:

  • download the application form, complete and return with the paperwork requested.

or to request a form

  • please contact your local UNISON branch office or
  • ring UNISON Direct 0800 0857 857

closing date 16th February 2018


You can finr out more by downloading our questions and answers leaflet here


We must stop the government removing your rights without debate, oversight or a vote

Yesterday (13th July 2017) the government published the “Reform Bill”, which outlines how EU legislation will be converted into UK law.

Like many organisations, UNISON has real concerns about the legislation, in particular that it places too much power in the hands of the government and far too little power in the hands of Parliament and the people.

This isn’t taking back control – this is a blatant power grab by a weakened Prime Minister. It’s completely unacceptable for important legislation on employment rights to be in the hands of ministers rather than Parliament. Under the Bill as it currently stands – thanks to so-called “Henry the Eighth” powers – the Tories would be able to remove vital rights at work without a vote in Parliament.

Hard won rights fought for and won over decades could be eliminated by the stroke of a pen in Whitehall.

UNISON will be campaigning for proper parliamentary scrutiny and the defence of those vital rights by Parliament. By failing to meaningfully involve MPs, devolved nations and the public in this significant constitutional process, Theresa May is steering a course for a constitutional crisis.

UNISON wants to see all existing employment rights maintained and the establishment of a new parliamentary mechanism to ensure that UK rights keep pace with those in the EU. We’ll be fighting for those rights and protections in the weeks ahead, to stop the government removing your rights without debate, oversight or even a vote.

What is your health, your safety, your community, your family’s care and education worth to you?

The government says a pat on the back. And a real terms pay cut. Ministers have been very willing to hand out pats on the back for our brilliant public service workers when there’s a crisis. But these warm words are never followed by actions to ensure public service workers can make ends meet. Austerity has come first.

Public service pay has gone up by just 4.4% since 2010 while the cost of living has risen by 22%. That simply isn’t fair.

The situation has reached breaking point with increasing numbers of public service workers leaving their vital jobs to earn more money so they can provide for their families. What do you think? Are they worth more than a pat on the back?

We’re betting you agree that all public service workers deserve a pay rise now. It’s good for our public services, our communities and your family too.


Please support them and send the government a message - sign the parliamentary petition at

Find out more at


Help UNISON campaign for equality

Last year, nearly 5,000 UNISON members took part in our equality survey – one of the biggest responses to any survey ever run by UNISON.

We used the results to brief our service groups and self-organised groups on key equality issues for their bargaining and organising agendas.

The survey is not just for activists, so please encourage as many of your UNISON workmates and friends as possible to take part by sharing this bulletin.

Take the survey now: (

It takes 5-10 minutes to complete. You can complete it anonymously if you want – but please note you can’t be in the prize draw if we don’t know who you are.

The survey closes on Monday 7 August.

Pay Up Now! – a serious campaign and it’s working, NEC hears

People are getting angry, seeing how much they have lost through seven years of the pay cap, UNISON’s national executive council heard at its meeting in London today.

click here to read the full article on the unison website.


Government is out of step with the public mood on pay, says UNISON

Commenting on the latest inflation figures, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“With inflation much higher than wages, nurses, teaching assistants and care staff are getting poorer.

“The government’s harsh approach to public sector pay is completely out of step with the public mood.

“Every day the pay cap stays, public sector employees are leaving for better paid jobs elsewhere. And it gets that bit harder for the NHS, police forces, schools and town halls to recruit new staff.

“The Chancellor should show he understands the financial struggles of millions of families and end the pay cap now.”


Public service workers have dominated the headlines all week. The need to raise your pay has been at the top of the news agenda and support for your pay rise is coming from across the political divide. We have well and truly won the argument.
The government has had to make some concessions. But they’ve still done nothing for UNISON’s 1.3 million members. Why are they still dragging their feet?
You’ve suffered pay losses thanks to decisions taken by politicians for almost a decade. Enough is enough, the time for political manoeuvres is over.
That’s why we’re asking you to sign our parliamentary petition calling on the government to scrap the cap for all public service workers and give you all the real pay rises you deserve. We won’t rest until you get the pay you deserve, but UNISON is strongest when we speak with one voice.
The government has stuck with the pay cap for far too long, and it's now dragging it's feet on delivering real pay rises for all UNISON members. But if just one in 10 UNISON members sign this petition, we can get MPs to debate real pay rises for public service workers, on our terms, in Parliament. 
Dave Prentis
UNISON general secretary

Local government pay

In local government, we are campaigning for a 5% pay increase, and at least the real living wage for every single worker. Everyone in schools and councils urgently needs a pay rise that helps keep up with cost of living rises over the next year and starts to make up for the 22% real terms pay cut local government workers have suffered since 2010.
We can’t miss this opportunity: they won’t pay up if we don’t all speak up. Email your councillors today and ask them to raise the issue of NJC pay at every opportunity.

Email your councillor now

Join UNISON's campaign

UNISON Press Office Request for Contacts

Unison on TVThe UNISON Press Office has an outstanding request from Keo Films for contacts with our members. 

Keo Films are developing, with BBC2, a new documentary series that aims to show what it’s like for the more than one million British working households who are ‘just about managing’.  It will be filmed sympathetically from the individual’s perspective, as Keo did with its BAFTA-winning Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, which followed migrants fleeing conflict from various warzones.

They are looking for individuals and families in different jobs in all parts of the UK. Potential people should either be in-work (or have recently worked) and are struggling to manage their finances, work, and personal circumstances.

The filming will take place over the next 18 months and all the film-makers would like to do initially is to identify individuals and families who might be interested in taking part. If chosen to feature in the film, people obviously have to be happy to be filmed, but can change their minds at any time.

Contact the branch secretary to find out more, Please ensure you are happy to be contacted by the media.

Fair pay now for council and school workers

Council and school workers and the Fair Pay now logo

People like you who work in our schools and councils provide the vital local services that hold our communities together. But you haven’t had a proper pay rise for years.

Instead, while your pay has been frozen or capped and your conditions slashed, prices are rising and you are falling further behind.

That’s no way to treat people who work hard to ensure that everyone in our society is looked after, educated and safe. It’s time the government really started to value the work you do and pay you fairly.

That’s why UNISON has submitted a pay claim to the Local Government Association (LGA) for a 5% pay increase on all NJC pay points and the scrapping of NJC pay points SCP 6-9 so that nobody falls below the real Living Wage of £8.45 an hour (£9.75 in London).

And we want Fair Pay Now!

Everyone in schools and councils urgently needs a pay rise that helps you keep up with cost of living rises over the next year and starts to make up for the pay you have lost in real terms since 2010.

The government is now under real pressure to scrap the 1% pay cap on public sector wages and UNISON will continue to push hard to get the funding councils and schools need to give you a fair pay deal.

We can’t miss this opportunity: they won’t pay up if we don’t all speak up. Email your councillors today and ask them to raise the issue of NJC pay at every opportunity.

Just about managing pay survey

UNISON’s national media team has compiled a short survey for members   – which should only take about five minutes – to better understand how members are managing financially.


UNISON wants to find out how years of pay restraint have affected members and their families. What has been the impact on members’ day-to-day life and would members’ finances cope in an emergency. Members experiences will feed into UNISON’s campaigning work and help UNISON highlight these issues in the media.

Responses will be anonymous, but if members are interested in being a case study (they can be anonymous too), they should include their contact details so one of UNISON’s media officers can get in touch.

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